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Selfcare: Stress, Empathy & Sympathy

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Selfcare: Stress, Empathy & Sympathy

with Dr. Arthur P. Ciaramicoli

Today Dr. Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, a licensed clinical psychologist joins us.  He has been treating clients for more than 35 years. He has been on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for several years, Chief Psychologist at Metrowest Medical Center, and director of the Metrowest Counseling Center and of the Alternative Medicine division of Metrowest Wellness Center in Framingham, Massachusetts. Dr. Ciaramicoli has written numerous books and has appeared on national TV shows like CNN, Fox News Boston, Good Morning America Weekend, The O’Reilly Report, and other shows.  His latest book, The Stress Solution: Using Empathy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Anxiety and Develop Resilience was recently published in China.

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Book: “The Stress Solution”

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New Training: Dementia RAW

Dementia RAW Training:

Unscripted, Unconventional and Unapologetic  

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Today we are lucky to have Tami Neumann and Cathy Braxton of Silver Dawn Training Institute which equips professionals and loved ones with a new way to communicate with those diagnosed with dementia using empathy & improv. This new training method is called “Dementia RAW.”

Contact Information:

Email: SilverDawnInfo@gmail.com            Phone:  219-649-1732

Website:  DementiaRAW.com      Twitter: @DementiaRAW     Instagram:  @DementiaRAW

Facebook:  facebook.com/DementiaRAW

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Naomi Feil On TEDxAmsterdamWomen

Naomi Feil On TEDxAmsterdamWomen

Brilliant As Always!

This is worth the watch for anyone who has ever dealt with the elder or those with dementia.  Here is a link to an interview I did with Naomi Feil on Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio back in 2012 when I was with Blog Talk Radio.

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Is This A Joke Or Is It Just Me?

By: Michelle Remold

I enjoy a good joke or a hearty laugh just as much as anyone. In fact, sometimes I am all too eager to crack a joke or share a joke I have recently heard. Lately however, I seem to hear more and more jokes geared toward or people laughing at Alzheimer’s or dementia. When this happens I am usually the only one not laughing. This has made me raise my eyebrows and really think about why this may be; I think I have finally made the connection.

I think that when people feel the only way to approach the discussion on Alzheimer’s or dementia is with humor, it points to it being an uncomfortable discussion topic. When you think about it, sometimes the best way to deal with an awkward or uncomfortable conversation is to try to add humor in some way. While this may be a good coping mechanism, I don’t seem to find the humor in making fun of a disease. Sure it can be beneficial to look back and be able to laugh at moments caused by the disease or to be able to find the humor in a moment that is currently taking place, but laughing at a disease as a whole, I don’t understand.

I think that in order to make discussing Alzheimer’s and dementia less of an uncomfortable topic, awareness and education need to be increased. However the only way to achieve either of these things is to continue to have those uncomfortable discussions. I say that if you need to use humor in a discussion about Alzheimer’s or dementia, use caution. After all you never know who is dealing with a recent diagnosis of themselves or a loved one or who is dealing with other problems related to the disease. To them these attempts at humor, even if well intended, may come across as being insensitive.

???????????????????????????????Michelle graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with her Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology: Social Sciences and a minor in Family Studies. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Aging Studies and Nursing Home Administration from Minnesota State University Mankato.

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